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Remember, we have no claim upon the Government that we be appointed as Homeopathists. All that we demand is that we be not excluded because of our faith in the law of Similia, or of our connection with homeopathic societies or institutions. The methods taught by our school, and the independence made possible by belief in our law, will ensure a corps of men equal to any or all of the needs of the Army, the Navy, or the Marine Hospital service.
Believing that the door is open to acceptable candidates for whom, as a school, we can vouch, I am Yours sincerely,
J. B. GREGG CUSTIS.
NEHEMIAH WHEELER RAND, M.D.
Born in Francestown, N, H., Sept. 14, 1853.
By F. P. BATCHELDER, M.D.,
R. RAND was the son of Thomas Prentice Rand and Lydia
Wheeler Rand, and a descendant of Robert and Alice Rand,
who came from England in 1635 and settled at Charlestown, Mass.
In his boyhood he attended the public schools of his native town, and also the academy. Subsequently he engaged in school teaching, and also took partial courses in Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Medicine. He later entered the New York Homeopathic Medical College, from which he graduated in 1878.
He practiced medicine for a few months in Palmer, Mass., with Dr. John K. Warren, now residing in Worcester, and removed to Monson February 15, 1879, where he built up a large practice.
He was married on July 20, 1883, to Jennie, daughter of the late Luther B. and Lucinda C. Peck, and with his bride spent a year in study and recreation in Europe.
Two children were the fruit of this happy union, Frieda and Carl Wheeler. Mrs. Rand died April 21, 1886, mourned by her beloved husband and a large circle of friends.
For several years his brother, John Prentice Rand, M.D., of Worcester, was associated with him in practice.
During his residence in Monson he had endeared himself to all the people. His pastor says: “Dr. Rand was a man of whom people became fond. To my own mind this is the quality we shall chiefly miss in the community and in the home. Who shall come among us able to gather unto himself so large a measure of affection from the men, women and children of our town? Now this trait is all the more remarkable when we remember that he was
a progressive man, and of some positive convictions which he took no pains to conceal. In matters political, theological, administrative, educuational and social he has often stood with the minority of his townspeople, but in these conflicts of opinion did you ever know him to lose one solitary friend? A lovable man: this modest wreath his pastor would lay upon his bier.”
As a physician he had won the confidence and esteem of a large circle of patrons and friends. Among his colleagues his opinions were eagerly sought, and received the consideration they so well merited. He was ever ready to make personal sacrifice for the good of others.
He was an active member in each of the medical societies to which he belonged. He became a member of the American Institute of Homoeopathy in 1881, and of the Massachusetts Homcopathic Medical Society in 1880, and was for many years a member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Homeopathic Medical Society.
In the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medical Society he had served as one of the vice-presidents, and was one of the board of censors at the time of his death.
He was the chairman of the Bureau of Surgery of the Worcester County Society, which reported at the meeting of November 9, 1898. It is a striking coincidence that two of the papers upon the programme he had prepared were upon appendicitis, the very malady which caused his death. He had been chosen by the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine to deliver a special course of lectures upon "fevers" during the present school year.
In the town of his adoption he served upon the school board for twelve years, and was its chairman for the past nine years. This gave unlimited scope to his love for and interest in children.
As a father it has been said of him: "He was his children's companion as well as their guide and protector."
As a poet he wielded a ready pen. The major portion of his poems may be found in “Random Rimes,” published in 1897.
As a Christian, his faith in the Eternal was both sure and steadfast, as is well-voiced in the following quotation from his favorite poem :
I know not where His islands list their fronded palms in air:
The loss to the community is but an index of the deeper sorsow in his own family circle. Beside the son and daughter, he leaves a brother, Dr. John Prentice Rand, of Worcester, and three sisters, Hattie, of Monson, who has rendered loving and faithful care in his household since the death of his wife; Sarah, of Worcester, and Mrs. William Clark, of Lyndeboro, N. H.
The funeral services were conducted at his late residence on Tuesday, November 8, at 2:30 P. M., during which all business in the town was suspended, and the public schools and Monson
Acadeny were closed. Before the services began hundreds of school children and friends passed through his home for a last glimpse of the face of one who had been their friend and counsellor.
His pastor and other clergynen rendered most fitting tributes of love, and several selections from his own poems were read.
No more fitting words could have been spoken than the lines composed by him concerning the death of a brother physician, and these close with the following:
Dear friend! we'll not forget,
We'll not forget.
Live on, O loyal heart!
Brave soul, live on!
We'll meet again.
Ophthalmic Diseases and Therapeutics. By A. B. Norton, M.D., Professor of
Ophthalmology in the College of the New York Ophthalmic Hospital; Surgeon to the New York Ophthalmic Hospital, etc., etc. With ninety Illustrations and eighteen chromo-lithographic Plates. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. Philadelphia, Boericke & Tafel. 1898. $5.00 cloth. $6.00 half morocco. pp. 647.
This splendid volume is a credit. both to the author and the school. The first edition was adopted by twenty-one out of the twenty-two medical colleges in the homeopathic school, and met with a rapid sale. It is highly probable that the second edition will meet the fate of the first, and that the distinguished author will be fated in the near future to prepare still other editions of his admirable work. In this new edition the author states in the preface that over one hundred pages of new matter have been added, among them the following subjects: The examination of the eve; the use of the ophthalmoscope: the hygiene of the eye, a subject never written upon in any text-book of the eye; refraction and accommodation, two chapters that were prepared by Prof. Charles H. Helfrich, M.D.; a tabulated statement of diseases with more or less characteristichye symptoms; a fine résume of the eye in its relation to general diseases, prepared by Dr. E. H. Linnell for his book, “The Eye as an Aid to General Diagnosis," and printed here by his consent. Dr. Linnell's book appeared first in the pages of THE NORTH AMERICAN. Many new illustrations are used in the work, and it will remain what it has been, the standard work on the subject in the Homeopathic school.
A Practical Treatise on the Sexual Disorders of Men. By Bukk G. Carleton,
M.D., Genito-Urinary Surgeon and specialist to the Metropolitan Hospital, etc. New York, Boericke, Runyon & Ernesty. 1898. $1.60. pp. 169.
This will be a long sought-for volume to many a physician disgusted with his lack of success in treating the sexual disorders of men. The author is concise, and yet so clear and direct in statements that it is impossible to mistake his meaning. He very properly lays great stress on complications and reflexes, and justly urges that the congenital and pathological conditions present, which may require hygienic or surgical treatment, be given due consideration. Nor does he underrate the importance of accurate prescribing in these oftentime stubborn cases. The last thirty-four pages of the book are devoted to the symptomatology of the drugs found most useful in sexual infirmities. The work is a good one, and will be favorably received. The publishers also have done their work well.
A Manual of Physiology, with Practical Exercises. By G. M. Stewart, M.A.,
D.Sc., M.D., Edin., D. P. H. Camb., Professor of Physiology in the Western Reserve University, Cleveland; Examiner in Physiology in the University of Aberdeen, etc. With numerous illustrations including five colored plates. Third edition. W. B. Saunders, 925 Walnut Street. Philadelphia.
The first edition of this work met with most gratifying success, evidencing in a practical way its demand in the study of physiology. In the present edition the author has revised and slightly enlarged the subject-matter. The formal presentation of the subject is carefully interwoven with practical experiments, described clearly and in detail, with numerous illustrations of instruments and operations. The arrangement is such that the student in the laboratory may easily keep abreast with the didactic lectures.
Essentials of Physiology arranged in the form of Questions and Answers, pre
pared especially for the use of Students of Medicine, By Hobart Amory Hare, M.D., Professor of Therapeutics and Materia Medica, Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. Fourth edition thoroughly revised and enlarged. W. B. Saunders, 925 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
The present edition has been carefully revised by Dr. J. H. Raymond, the original text being almost wholly retained, the only alterations being such as were necessary to bring the subject abreast with the teachings of the day. The value of compends has been a question of considerable debate among teachers, but there can be but little doubt that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The neglectful student gets at least some knowledge that he would not otherwise, while the conscientious student is greatly aided in fixing important points and in systematizing his general knowledge of the subject by reference to a clear, concise statement of fundamental facts.
The Physician's Visiting List. (Lindsays & Blakeston's for 1899). P. Blake
ston's Son & Co. Philadelphia, 1012 Walnut Street, 1899. $1.25 and $1.50.
This deservedly popular visiting list, now in the forty-eighth year of its publication, presents itself properly enough a little before the beginning of the new year.
It contains a calendar for 1899-1900, a table of signs, the metric system, table for correcting weights, dose table, asphyxia and apnea, comparison of thermometers, period of utero-gestation, and blank leaves for the visiting list, and various other memoranda. It is a small, handy book, and will remain in favor.
The Medical News Visiting List for 1899. Weekly (dated for 30 patients);
Monthly (undated, for 120 patients per month): Perpetual (undated, for 30 patients weekly per year); and Perpetual (undated, for 60 patients weekly per year). Each style in one wallet-shaped book, with pocket, pencil and rubber. Seal grain leather, $1.25. Thumb-letter Index, 25 cents extra. Philadelphia and New York; Lea Brothers & Co.
A visiting list is an indispensable convenience for the active practitioner. Prominent among the many books of this nature stands the Medical News Visiting List. Its blank pages are arranged to classify and record memoranda and engagements of every description occurring in the practice of the physician, surgeon or obstetrician. The work opens with 32 pages of printed data of the most useful sort, including an alphabetical table of diseases with approved remedies, a table of doses, sections on examination of urine, artificial respiration, incompatibles, poisons and antidotes, a diagnostic table of eruptive fevers, and a full-page plate showing at a glance the incisions for ligation of the various arteries, an invaluable guide in such emergencies.
1899 Columbia Calendar. Pope Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Conn.
The fourteenth annual edition of the Columbia desk-pad calendar, issued by the Pope Mfg. Co., of Hartford, Conn., is being distributed. This calendar occupies an unique place among advertising devices. It may be said to be largely the product of the Pope Company's own customers, whose contributions in the shape of fitting testimonials to the merits of Columbia product, or clever bits of verse about bicycling in general appear at the tops of the various pages over the names of the contributors. The pages for Sundays, the first day of each month, and holidays, present appropriate selections from well-known authors.
Any person may obtain a copy by applying to the nearest Col